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And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ukulele

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     F       F           F          Dm   
When I was a young man I carried me pack
      F              G         F
And I lived the free life of a rover
                        F            F        Dm  
From the Murray's green basin to the dusty Outback
  F             G        F
I waltzed my Matilda all over

        G       F             F
Then in 1915 me country said, Son
     G                                 F          F
It's time you stopped rambling there's work to be done
                  F                 F         Dm
So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun
         F            G         F
And they marched me away to the war

     F                   F           F
     And the band played Waltzing Matilda
                            F           G   Csus4  G
     When the ship pulled away from the quay
           F            Dm          F          Dm
     And amidst all the tears, flag-waving and cheers
        F              G      F  Csus4  F
     We sailed off for Gallipoli

        F        F           F        Dm
And how well I remember that terrible day
         F                 G            F
When our blood stained the sand and the water
                F              F          Dm
And how in that hell that they call Suvla Bay
        F              G            F
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter

       G                       F              F
Johnny Turk he was ready, he'd primed himself well
   G                              F                F
He rained us with bullets, and he showered us with shells
                    F         F               Dm
And in five minutes flat he'd blown us all to hell
       F            G            F
Nearly blew us back home to Australia

     F                   F           F
     And the band played Waltzing Matilda
                        F        G   Csus4  G
     When we stopped to bury our slain
     F         Dm            F            Dm
     We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs
             F           G      F  Csus4  F
     Then we started all over again

     F              F              F           Dm   
And those that were left, well, we tried to survive
        F            G                F
In that mad world of blood, death and fire
                  F            F        Dm  
And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
        F           G             F
While around me the corpses piled higher

       G                            F         F
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head
    G                  F        F
And when I awoke in me hospital bed
                    F             F            Dm
And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead
      F              G                 F
Never knew there was worse things than dying

     F                  F           F
     So no more I'll go Waltzing Matilda
                          F            G   Csus4  G
     All around the green bush far and near
        F             Dm     F              Dm
     To hump tent and pegs a man needs both legs
             F           G        F  Csus4  F
     No more Waltzing Matilda for me

        F            F            F             Dm   
So they gathered the wounded, the crippled, the maimed
         F               G            F
And they shipped us back home to Australia
                 F            F            Dm  
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane
      F             G         F
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla

    G                         F        F
And when the ship pulled into Circular Quay
  G                            F            F
I looked at the place where me legs used to be
                             F            F           Dm
And thanked Christ there was no one there waiting for me
   F             G            F
To grieve and to mourn and to pity

     F                   F           F
     And the band played Waltzing Matilda
                          F            G   Csus4  G
     When they carried us down the gangway
         F      Dm                 F               Dm
     But nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared
               F                G      F  Csus4  F
     Then they turned all their faces away

   F         F       F         Dm   
So now every April I sit on my porch
      F            G          F
And I watch the parade pass before me
             F            F            Dm  
I see my old comrades how proudly they march
  F          G              F
Renewing old dreams of past glory

        G                         F               F
And the old men march slowly, all bones stiff and sore
        G                       F         F
They're tired old heroes from a forgotten war
                     F               F             Dm
And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?"
    F       G             F
And I ask myself the same question

     F                  F           F
     And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
                           F          G   Csus4  G
     And the old men still answer the call
         F          Dm         F           Dm
     But year after year their numbers are fewer
             F           G              F  Csus4  F
     Someday no one will march there at all

F                 F
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
F                                   G
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?
          F             G        Dm                F
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the Billabong
F             F          G7         F
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?

            
            
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